Aiden Fucci LIVE updates – 'Killer' teen charged with murder of Tristyn Bailey & his mom Crystal Smith in court today

Aiden Fucci LIVE updates – 'Killer' teen charged with murder of Tristyn Bailey & his mom Crystal Smith in court today

AIDEN Fucci and his mother, Crystal Smith, are both scheduled to appear in court today.

Fucci has been charged with murder over the brutal death of 13-year-old Tristyn Bailey. He faces a pretrial hearing on Wednesday morning.

Bailey was found dead in woodland near Fucci's home on Mother's Day having been stabbed 114 times after her family reported her missing.

Fucci, who is being prosecuted as an adult despite his age, told cops an argument erupted between the pair as they walked back from a friend's house in the early hours of the morning.

It comes after new video emerged showing Fucci walking with Bailey on the night she was killed.

Another shocking video released by the State Attorney's Office on Tuesday shows what investigators allege is Fucci's mother, Crystal Smith, washing blood off of her son's jeans.

She allegedly washed the trousers while her son was being interviewed by deputies.

After the jeans and a drain in his home tested positive for blood, Smith was charged with evidence tampering in connection with Bailey's death.

Read our Aiden Fucci live blog for the latest news and updates…

  • Julia Fields

    MUMBLING

    Fucci can be seem mumbling to himself before the proceedings begin asking "What's going on?" "Why am I here" and "I just want to talk to my mom and dad."

    He can also be heard mumbling to himself as he looks around the room confused repeating something like "take my soul away."

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    ARRIVES IN COURT

    Fucci arrives for his court appearanced over Zoom at the St John's County Courthouse seemingly looking confused as he glanced around the room, rocked in his chair, and fixed his hair waiting for the proceedings to begin.

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    ARGUMENT ERUPTED

    Fucci, who is being prosecuted as an adult despite his age, told cops an argument erupted between the pair as they walked back from a friend's house in the early hours of the morning.

  • Julia Fields

    WHAT CHARGES DOES FUCCI FACE?

    According to motions filed in court on May 27, 2021, Fucci is facing first-degree murder charges and will be tried as an adult.

    He was previously facing second-degree murder charges, but they were upped on May 27.

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    COURT DATE

    On July 23, Smith entered a written plea of not guilty for the evidence tampering charge connected to Bailey's killing.

    The 35-year-old mother was originally scheduled to appear in court Monday, July 26, but entered the written plea instead.

    Her next court date is scheduled for Wednesday, September 1, the same day her son is set to appear in court.

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    WHY WAS FUCCI'S MOTHER ARRESTED?

    Smith, 35, turned herself in and was arrested for tampering with evidence, which is considered a third-degree felony in Florida.

    According to investigators, Smith reportedly tried to wash the blood off of Fucci’s jeans hours after Bailey was allegedly stabbed to death.

    She was released shortly after her arrest on a $25,000 bond.

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    BAILEY'S COUSIN HOPES FUCCI CONFESSES

    Tristyn's cousin, Connie Stull, exclusively told The Sun that she hopes Fucci confesses.

    Asked if she hopes he comes clean, she replied: "Yes I do. I have cried my eyes out.

    "I looked him [Fucci] up on Facebook, but there are too many. I'm happy they made an arrest and hope they try him as an adult.

    "Tristyn was a sweetheart, she loved cheerleading, I'm an emotional wreck, my husband and I didn't sleep well last night."

  • Julia Fields

    WHAT GRADE WERE THEY BOTH IN?

    Fucci, in eighth grade at the school, was charged with second-degree murder on May 10, 2021, one day after the body of seventh-grader Tristyn was found.

    Few details have been released about how well they knew each other.

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    WHERE DID FUCCI AND BAILEY GO TO SCHOOL?

    Aiden Fucci and Tristyn Bailey both attended Patriot Oaks Academy in St Johns County.

    Patriot Oaks Academy runs from kindergarten to eighth grade and serves about 1,500 students.

    According to its website, the school contains a community that "fosters character development, independence and a lifelong love of learning."

    The school was one of two new ones to open in 2014 in St John's County. Valley Ridge Academy also launched the same year.

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    SUSPECTED MURDER WEAPON MISSING A TIP

    Investigators recovered what they believed to be the murder weapon, a folding buck knife, in a pond near to Tristyn's body.

    Larizza said that the blade was "missing a tip", which medical examiners found lodged in Tristyn's scalp.

    He added that the knife found “could have multiple uses” including hunting.

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    UNKNOWN IF KILLING WAS SEXUALLY MOTIVATED

    Larizza refused to disclose whether the killing was sexually motivated, or whether Tristyn had been sexually assaulted during the murder.

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    NO OTHER SUSPECTS

    None of the others who were with the pair the night Tristyn died are suspected of wrongdoing.

    But, the prosecutor voiced frustration that Fucci's alleged plans to commit homicide were "not taken seriously" when he confessed them to "several" of his peers.

    "Could this have been prevented? We can't be sure," he said, adding that the murder should serve as a cautionary tale to parents that they "need to know what your kids are doing and saying."

  • Julia Fields

    'WRONG PLACE, WRONG TIME'

    On the night of Tristyn's death, the pair were believed to have been hanging out with a few mutual friends, before they were eventually left alone together.

    However, prosecutors currently say there is no evidence to suggest that Fucci specifically targeted Tristyn beforehand.

    Larizza said: "This could just be a case of wrong place, wrong time."

  • Julia Fields

    WHAT DID FLORIDA ATTORNEY SAY ABOUT HIS MOTIVE?

    On May 27, Florida attorney R.J. Larizza announced that prosecutors would be charging Fucci as an adult on first degree murder.

    He described how Fucci had told friends that he was going to kill someone within the next 30 days, leading to accusations that the act was premeditated.

    According to Larizza, the 14-year-old specifically detailed that he would "take someone into the woods and stab them."

  • Julia Fields

    WHY DID FUCCI ALLEGEDLY KILL BAILEY?

    Prior to Fucci’s first court appearance, Sheriff Robert Hardwick told WOKV that the image shows he is “proud of what he did.”

    However, early indications suggested that he was not known to have had any prior grievances with Bailey.

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    'COLD-BLOODED MURDER'

    “This is a cold-blooded murder by an individual who, I’m not even gonna give his name. He doesn’t even deserve for his name to be mentioned,” Sheriff Rob Hardwick said during a press conference earlier this month.

  • Julia Fields

    LAST SEEN

    Tristyn was last seen Sunday, May 9 at roughly 1.15am near the North Amenity Center, according to reports.

    She was reported missing by her family at 10am on Sunday morning beginning a 16 hour search for the teenager.

    Her body was found later that day by a neighbor in the woods near her Durbin Crossing home.

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    MURDER WEAPON

    Larizza also confirmed that investigators recovered what they believe to be the murder weapon: a folding buck knife, which was recovered in a pond.

  • Julia Fields

    HOW DID TRISTYN BAILEY DIE?

    St. Johns County Sheriff Robert Hardwick confirmed Tristyn's body was found.

    Bailey was found stabbed to death in a wooded area near her home in St. Johns County on May 9.

    During a news conference on Thursday, May 27, Florida State Attorney R.J. Larizza said Tristyn was stabbed 114 times with 49 of those wounds sustained to her hands and arms.

  • Julia Fields

    FUCCI'S MOM ALLEGEDLY WASHED HIS JEANS

    Another shocking video released by the State Attorney's Office on Tuesday shows what investigators allege is Fucci's mother, Crystal Smith, washing blood off of her son's jeans.

    She allegedly washed the pants while her son was being interviewed by deputies.

    After the jeans and a drain in his home tested positive for blood, Smith was charged with evidence tampering in connection with Bailey's death.

  • Julia Fields

    VIDEO EVIDENCE

    In August, new video showed Fucci walking with Bailey on the night she was killed.

    Florida prosecutors allege that the new video evidence shows Fucci walking with the cheerleader then running alone later that same night.

    The video of Bailey and Fucci allegedly walking toward a wooded area in their neighborhood after midnight came from a neighbor’s surveillance camera, according to The Daily Mail.

  • Julia Fields

    PHOTO CIRCULATING

    A photograph that was circulating on social media following Tristyn's death appeared to have been posted on Aiden's Snapchat account showing him in the back of a cop car, holding up a peace sign with the caption "hey guys has inybody [sic] seen Tristyn lately".

    Police confirmed the image was being reviewed as potential evidence in the case.

  • Julia Fields

    WHAT IS FUCCI CHARGED WITH?

    The decision to charge Aiden Fucci with first-degree murder came from a grand jury, which met in secret Thursday, May 27 morning.

    First-degree murder charges automatically move the case to adult court.

    The 14-year-old is the only suspect in the murder of his classmate.

  • Julia Fields

    WHO IS AIDEN FUCCI?

    The Sheriff's Office arrested 14-year-old Aiden Fucci on Sunday, May 9 and is being held at the Department of Juvenile Justice facility in Daytona Beach, WJXT reported.

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